How Will the COVID 3rd Wave Differ? Symptoms and Tips to Stay Safe


Medically reviewed by

Dr. Niket D Hingu


4 min read

Key Takeaways

  • The Indian government has announced a new variant named Delta Plus
  • It is a speculation that the COVID 3rd wave will affect children the most
  • Taking precautions can protect you during COVID-19 3rd wave in India

With the second wave causing a huge loss of life to the country, health authorities have warned about the possibility of a COVID 3rd wave. The Delta variant first reported in India was largely responsible for the spread of the second wave. Keep in mind that the coronavirus makes a comeback with new and different variants every time. The COVID 3rd wave in India is inevitable. Everyone needs to take precautions to stay safe during this time. The government has announced a new variant named Delta Plus, which is a pressing concern. Due to this, authorities are trying to vaccinate all citizens to reduce the impact of the 3rd wave. Read on to find out the precautions to be taken and when the COVID 3rd wave is expected.

What are the COVID-19 3rd wave symptoms?

There has been no official statement from the health department regarding the COVID-19 3rd wave symptoms. It has only conveyed that it may take 2 to 14 days for the symptoms to be visible. However, people may get fever, cough, or experience difficulty in breathing. So, watch out for these symptoms.

Additional Read: How does Coronavirus Spread? Read about COVID-19 Transmission

What precautions can be taken to be safe?

Here are some instructions to safeguard yourself from the COVID-19 3rd wave.

  • Wash hands with soap frequently or use sanitizer
  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 meters from the infected person
  • Cover mouth while coughing
  • Stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel
  • Do not smoke or engage in activities that weaken the lungs
  • Get vaccinated to reduce the chances of getting affected
  • Invest in comprehensive or COVID-specific health insurance plans
Myth and facts about 3rd COVID-19 wave

When will the 3rd wave hit India?

A study by ICMR showed that the third wave would come later in the year in the country. While the government encourages vaccination, some experts believe that new variants like Delta Plus could weaken its efficiency. However, the efficiency of existing vaccines against the Delta Plus variant is not yet determined. Vaccination helps to reduce the impact of the third wave in India. A study by IIT Kanpur confirmed that the COVID 3rd wave is to be expected by September or October 2021.

Additional Read: Everything to know about COVID-19 Care

Will the third wave be worse?

There is no real evidence to say that COVID 3rd wave will be worse than the second wave. However, experts advise taking the coronavirus situation seriously. The government has asked all citizens to follow COVID precautions. According to research, any third wave seems unlikely to be as severe as the second wave.

The Delta variant of COVID-19 had led to widespread infection during the second wave. Experts fear that a mutated strain could lead to a third wave. The Indian government has announced the new variant named Delta Plus as a variant of concern. However, there is no evidence to prove that the Delta Plus variant will lead to a third wave.

covid-19 4rd wave impact

Will the COVID 3rd wave affect children more?

The second wave saw a surge in the number of coronavirus cases among children. The infection rate among children and the unavailability of vaccines led to the speculation that children will be more affected. This further created panic among parents. However, experts have denied these claims stating that the virus equally impacts everyone. The claim is just speculation, and there is no solid evidence to back it.

Of the 90% cases reported among children, most were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms. The ratio of kids hospitalized was just 3 to 4 percent. Thus, specialists have asked parents not to worry but advise them to take all precautionary measures.

Additional Read: COVID 19 (Coronavirus) in Babies and Kids: Paediatric Guidelines

Be mindful and do not ignore the COVID 3rd wave; instead, prepare for it by taking precautions. Do not undermine or ignore COVID-19 3rd wave symptoms and seek medical help when you need to. Book an appointment to consult with a doctor nearby from the comfort of your home on the Bajaj Finserv Health.

Published on 8 Jul 2021Last updated on 1 Aug 2022

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.


Health Videos

Mobile Frame
Download our app

Download the Bajaj Health App

Stay Up-to-date with Health Trends. Read latest blogs on health and wellness. Know More!

Get the link to download the app

Google PlayApp store